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The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

I am absolutely delighted to include in this review an interview with the very lovely Shea Ernshaw, author of The Wicked Deep which is out on 8th March, published by Simon & Schuster Children’s UK and available for pre-order now here

The Wicked Deep is set in the town of Sparrow and the enchanting Lumiere Island, inhabited by Penny and her mum where they maintain the lighthouse and await the inevitable annual event, the Swan Season.

The story begins just as the Swan Season starts, when tourists flood the small town of Sparrow and the end of the school year means parties on the beach and a long, hot summer. It also means that three 200-year old witches will take the lives of the boys they desire the most, pulling them into the water and drowning them.

The Swan sisters, beautiful, deadly and cursed by the town they now haunt, revisit each year by snatching and inhabiting three girls then working their way through the town of Sparrow, choosing who to drown that season.

I fell in love with the setting and the lyrical beauty of the text, and several days later, I was still haunted by the Swan Sisters and the complexities of their characters. I couldn’t help but like the Swan Sisters, they are truly bewitching – be prepared to fall into this world and not want to put the book down!


The Wicked Deep is Shea Ernshaw’s debut novel and she very kindly agreed to answer a few questions for all the readers and writers out there!



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